Why Evolution Is True

It’s almost time for the annual 24-hour marathon run by D. P. R. Jones to raise money for Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) from the atheist/agnostic/skeptical/humanist community.  100% of the donations will go to Doctors Without Borders, one of the finest volunteer organizations I know of, and one completely untainted by faith. And there’s already an auction where you can bid for cool items, again with the proceeds going to DWB.

There are several ways to donate.  First, visit the event site here, where the 24-hour marathon will be hosted by Jones and others beginning at 4 pm UK time (11 a.m. EST U.S. time) on September 8 and running for 24 hours straight. You can see the tentative schedule here, which includes people like Eugenie Scott, James Randi, Cristina Rad, and Mr. Deity.

Second, you can donate directly at two sites (here and here) if…

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Things you might not know about purple potatoes: they contain more polyphenol antioxidants than white, they lower blood pressure and they help protect the body against free radical damage.

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Why Evolution Is True

He’s just started at this moment on BBC Radio 4; listen to it live here.

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A team of astronomers has spotted sugar molecules in the gas surrounding a young Sun-like star, using the powerful telescope Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

This is the first time sugar been found in space around such a star, and the discovery shows that the building blocks of life are in the right place, at the right time, to be included in planets forming around the star.

The astronomers found molecules of glycolaldehyde — a simple form of sugar– in the gas surrounding a young binary star, with similar mass to the Sun, called IRAS 16293-2422.

Glycolaldehyde has been seen in interstellar space before, but this is the first time it has been found so near to a Sun-like star, at distances comparable to the distance of Uranus from the Sun in the Solar System. This discovery shows that some of the chemical compounds needed for life existed in this…

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Everyone knows that Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s global marketing chief, is the top dog at the social network when it comes to advertising.

 

But who influences her most?

Most Facebook users don’t know that back in 2011 Everson formed the “Facebook Client Council,” a group of advertisers she meets with four times a year so she can hear what advertisers need from the company.

Recently, council member Joel Ewanick, the former General Motors marketing chief, lost his seat on the council, Facebook told us in an email. Ewanick infamously yanked his $10 million ad budget from Facebook right before the company’s IPO and then, a few weeks later, lost his job following a controversial sponsorship of Manchester United.

Everson originally intended that seats on the council be rotated every year—but Ewanick’s ouster has been the only change so far.

Here’s the list of the current members.

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ArrayShield has announced the countermeasure against all the advanced malware attacks through its IDAS Two Factor Authentication solution. Gartner’s report titled “Where Strong Authentication Fails and What You Can Do About It” has researched about sophisticated Trojan/malware based attacks that compromise not only passwords but also OTP/Token based Authentication….

 

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